Who would you rather take a bath with? Ryan Reynolds or Kneipp?


I’m sure I know the answer to the question I asked but only Blake Lively is the one who can can correctly answer this. The rest of us have to settle for the love of our lives (significant other or pet) and Kneipp to have a wonderful shower or bath. We haven’t lost though since Kneipp has some incredible vegan products to bring joy to our bathing life.

Having both a Bath Oil and a Body Wash from Kneipp has brought some luscious products to make my bathing experiences more interesting.

Kneipp Bath Oil and Body Wash

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If you’ve been following Beauty Info Zone you’ve probably noticed that I (meaning Marcia) don’t use many products that are fragranced but there are exceptions to that rule and Kneipp has proven why with the Bath Oil in Lemon Balm and their Body Wash in Almond Blossom. Those are fragrances that I can happily use and enjoy.

Kneipp Bath Oil in Lemon Balm

Kneipp’s Bath Oil in Lemon Balm is a 15-20 minute relaxing treat. Get your bath water to the temperature you like, fill the cap up to the line, then pour it into the warm running water. Take your bath and dream of Ryan Reynolds/Ryan Gosling or a lemon meringue pie and come out of the bathtub feeling like a million bucks. Your skin will be clean and soft as can be. I don’t find that my skin is oily after using it, I just find it feels silky and hydrated. The lemon flavor made from natural essential oils of citronella and lemon balm extract lingers lightly on skin but isn’t strong.

Kneipp has created their herbal bath oils in a variety of scents. Lemon Balm is noted for being a “pure relaxation” scent. Each bath oil is $20 and gives you 10 baths if used at the level they recommend. Some of the many scents are Eucalyptus (recommended when you feel a cold or flu coming on since it helps relieve congestion), Juniper (muscle soothing), Arnica (joints and muscles), Lavender (relaxing), and Almond Blossom (soft skin). On their website they have mini versions for $4 or a great deal of 6 minis for $10 (sale price) which is a wonderful way to try them out to find your favorite. And you will find a favorite!


As much as I enjoy the Bath Oil I really don’t take many baths but I do take showers all the time and even have a newly renovated shower that’s spacious and comfortable. So taking the Kneipp Body Wash in Almond Blossom into that shower was an absolute pleasure.

Kneipp Body Wash in Almond Blossom

The Almond Blossom Body Wash is a soap-free product with nourishing oils that help prevent skin from drying out. It’s clear and slightly runny. A little goes a long way when I use a shower poof. The pH balanced wash contains sweet almond and jojoba oils as well as Vitamin E to keep your skin shiny and smooth. It’s a gentle wash and leaves my skin feeling so soft, just as it should be. I don’t find it to be overly almond smelling (though I wouldn’t mind if it was) but rather a slightly floral version of the almond blossom. I don’t think this would interfere with any body lotion you’d use although it might be really nice to pair it with Kneipp Almond Blossom Body Lotion.

Kneipp is known for being a vegan company that uses plant-based functional ingredients. There aren’t preservatives in their products nor do they use paraffin, silicone or minerals oils. They never animal test which makes it a company that you can be proud to use. Who takes a bath or shower with you? Since Ryan Reynolds isn’t going to be your answer then make it Kneipp!  —  Marcia


Winter delights with Softsoap LE Iced Kiss and Frosted Wish Body Washes (and giveaway)

Softsoap LE Moisturizing Body Washes

Winter surrounds us with some of the most enticing fragrances of the year and Softsoap has captured those fragrances in their new Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Washes. This year they’ve created Iced Kiss and Frosted Wish for our bathing delight. While the two fragrances were created with Christmas in mind, they’re delicious enough to use all year.


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As many know I’m not a person that loves fragrance so most body washes that are easily found aren’t for me. But Softsoap changed that with these two body washes.

ICED KISS has a peppermint fragrance which is perfect for the family. It’s a sweet peppermint that will make you drool. It lathers lushly and surrounds you with the feeling of freshly baked peppermint cookies or candy canes hanging on the tree. It leaves my body feeling hydrated and not dry. I follow a fragranced wash with an unscented body lotion so that the scents don’t clash.

Softsoap LE Moisturizing Body Wash in ICED Kiss

FROSTED WISH, in its beautiful red holiday packaging, is a sweet cherry fragrance that tends to be on the feminine side. While my husband will grab Iced Kiss, he won’t go near Frosted Wish. The wash is actually pink in the bottle but that’s not why he won’t use it. My little granddaughter wants me to wash her hands with it and then she smells sweeter than ever.

Softsoap LE Moisturizing Body Wash in FROSTED wish

SOFTSOAP is easily found at drugstores and has a 2 year shelf life. When you find a fragrance as luscious as these you just might want to stock up.  —  Marcia


The SOFTSOAP giveaway is only open through 12/7/17 so you can get them soon. There will be 4 US winners for both of these soaps (provided by the company’s representatives). You just need to be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber (now easier than ever) and comment. All other entries are extras to better your chances. Good luck and sweet smells.
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Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe is the perfect choice for fragrance-free bath and body

When you  are looking at Nubian Heritage products you’ll be oohing and aahing over all the amazing scents and combinations they have to offer: Coconut & Papaya, Olive Oil & Green Tea, Mango Butter – to name a few. So why is it that I’m oohing and aahing over their fragrance-free products instead?

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe


If you know anything about me you know that fragrance just isn’t my thing. It started with severe migraines growing up and continuing on through middle age. Several things could either start a migraine or make it worse and scent was a trigger. Now I’ve gotten to the point that I just prefer fragrance-free products in my life. For other people wanting fragrance-free could be that the wonderful bath/body products don’t work with their perfume, body chemistry, or they are allergic. For some it’s that they don’t like adding the chemicals in scented products or that issues like rosacea and eczema make them especially sensitive to fragrant products. I do like some fragrances but given the choice I’m going to pick scent free.

Now after that long “all about me” introduction let me tell you about Nubian Heritage which Lisa, my blog partner, loves because she loves the fragrance (her Coconut & Papaya review). Their Shea Butter & Aloe products are my choice and will continue to grace my body.

Due to common fragrance allergies and skin issues such as rosacea, eczema and irritation, more and more consumers are wary of products with added chemicals and therefore, opting for fragrance-free products.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Body Wash

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe

When looking for a body wash I want one that hydrates, cleanses, and washes cleanly away. I’ve been taking slightly cooler showers after reading the advice of a dermatologist who said that we dry out our skin by using water that’s too hot. I like getting out of the shower and not having my mirrors all steamy and my body freezing from the drastic temperature difference.

But what I really like is the feeling of cleanliness and freshness from this Shea Butter & Aloe fragrance-free Body Wash. It’s soothing,not harsh at all so I feel gently cleansed.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Body Lotion

This is the star of this small collection. Both products are enriched with Organic Fair Trade Shea and Cocoa Butter to gently soften and condition your skin. They are also both formulated with Aloe Vera that naturally hydrates and with Vitamin E which is high in antioxidants.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe

I’ve been using this twice a day and noticing that my body isn’t flaky anymore. I can take off my pants at night and not find my body dandruff falling on the bathroom floor. It feels good whether I’m using it on damp skin after my shower or at night when I’m getting ready for bed. And it doesn’t disturb my sleep which is a giant plus.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Lotion

This lotion feels so good when I apply it, especially at night after a long day. It’s refreshing and not the least bit greasy. It absorbs within a few minutes so that my jammies don’t cling to me.

Now that I’ve discovered products like Nubian Heritage I’m a much softer person. Now if they’d make this in a hand cream I’d be set but until then the lotion will continue to do double duty.

Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe fragrance free collection

You can find Nubian Heritage at the Vitamin Shoppe and on their website. If my experience and Lisa’s has anything to tell you it’s that this nicely priced line should be in your life.  —  Marcia


Their story:

Passionate about sharing our products and the cultures they come from, we’ve been guided by our community’s demand for wellness products that spoke to their unique needs and have drawn on the rich healing philosophies of these communities around the globe

Guided- by the legacy of ancient Nubia, the world’s first melting pot, we remix global healing traditions into modern wellness solutions. Ancient Nubia was once a center of cultural trade — a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean came together, influenced each other, and then spread across the ancient world. That’s the inspiration behind Nubian Heritage. We bring together traditional healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients, remix them and create modern natural solutions for skin and hair. This is our mission: to make cultural exchange the model for transforming the global community.


Lotion ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parka (Shea) Butter***, Ethyl Palmate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter***, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Beta Glucan, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient **Fair Trade Ingredient


Supporting BCA with Good Earth Beauty’s subscription box and a giveaway

Good Earth Beauty BCA Beauty Box

I’ve written about Good Earth Beauty many times. They’ve been kind enough to send products for review which is so appreciated. But there are more reasons why Good Earth Beauty is a favorite here. Their site is one that carries only natural and organic beauty products. They have many brands that I love plus there’s the Good Earth Beauty Brand to admire.


This month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness they have created a one time box, a portion of the proceeds on the sale of each beauty box go to National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC. The box is loaded with products that will have you surrounded by delicious fragrances: rose, pink lemonade, cherry blossom, strawberry margarita. Now would be the perfect time to order a box (or more) to have at the ready for your holiday gifts.

Strawberry Margarita Body wash by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce sample

Scent Description: This juicy scent combines fresh lime and succulent strawberries with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery.

Japanese Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner by Good Earth Beauty – one ounce sample bottles

Scent Description: This is a seductive and mysterious floral scent inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan. The main floral theme is a mixture of lily, jasmine & freesia with an amber sandalwood character. The base note of the fragrance is vanilla musk

Good Earth Beauty Cherry Blossom shampoo & conditioner, Strawberry Margarita body wash

Perfume mini roller bottle by Good Earth Beauty/Mod Perfume – Rose Champagne

A light, effervescent blend of champagne, citrus and rich, velvety rose petals. Sophisticated, sweet and bubbly soft, this is a flirty, whimsical floral champagne fragrance.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Champagne fragrance

Shower Whip Pink Lemonade by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce Jar

Pink Lemonade Scent Description – Recapture your youth with this memory provoking fragrance. Includes top notes of lemon, orange and pineapple. Sweet strawberry and lime at the heart. Concludes with a creamy vanilla base

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Hand Cream rose by Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample jar

Our lavish, modern floral hand cream repairs dry skin and cuticles, leaving behind the perfectly elegant scent of rose.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Petals hand cream

AND a full sized Good Earth Beauty Rose Body Balm or Lavender Body Balm

Super moisturizing balm – great for extra dry, chapped skin. All natural and Pure.

Good Earth Beauty Lavender Body Balm

While you can win one what I’m really hoping is that you’ll buy one as a gift since there’s no guarantee you’ll win. We like to support Good Earth Beauty as much as possible because we believe in them and the products that they sell. All their products are cruelty free and most are vegan, organic, and gluten free while at the same time being free of parabens, sulfates and all those others that we don’t need on our bodies. All products in this Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Box have been chosen as they are natural and free of cancer causing toxic ingredients.  —  Marcia

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Giveaway information: There will be two US winners for a box (one contains the Rose Body Balm, one contains the Lavender Body Balm). The giveaway ends on 11/1/17 at 11:59 pm. eastern time. Please be sure you leave your comment and that you are currently subscribed via email to Beauty Info Zone.

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The ultimate summertime experience with Kneipp!

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I am in denial.  I have forbidden several people from reminding me that it’s almost the end of July. I was at breakfast at Cracker Barrel last weekend and I swear to you, I actually saw Halloween items on display. I covered my eyes and ran. I refuse to acknowledge that summer isn’t going to be here forever and instead I am drenching myself in every summertime scent I can get my greedy little hands on. Thankfully Kneipp® is happy to help me out with their ultimate summertime scents and warm weather wellness body products.

Kneipp Endless Summer Body Wash in Lime and Mint

Kneipp® has three new summer fresh fragrances for their beautiful Body Washes ($14) – I have Endless Summer, a beautifully clean combination of lime and mint that is really refreshing. The body wash is soap free and pH-balanced, with lots of natural plant oils that cleanse skin yet leave it feeling soft and hydrated. Which one of the new scents will keep you in a summertime mood?

  • Endless Summer: An energizing infusion of citrusy lime and revitalizing mint
  • Summer Mood: A juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint
  • Tropical Dream: An exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

Kneipp Shower Foam in Relaxing Lavender

For more summertime fun, how about some Kneipp® Shower Foam ($16)?  This is even more entertaining than it looks! Mine is a lovely Lavender scent but it comes in many other beautiful fragrances including Orange Blossom & Jojoba, White Hibiscus & Shea Butter, and one specifically for men – Cedar & Jojoba. This creamy foam is full of essential oils and is in the dictionary under ‘good clean fun’.

Kneipp Body Oil in Almond Blossom

I honestly can’t rave enough about the Kneipp® Body Oil in Almond Blossom ($22). It smells incredible…soft and sweet and wonderful, yet not so feminine that your guy is going to balk at giving or receiving a massage using this oil. This argan and sunflower based oil has lots of vitamin A and E so it is fantastic for skin, and wow does it makes for fantastic massages! It’s also perfect in hot summer months instead of heavy lotion. Use this right after showering for a light, fabulous scent and super hydrated skin that isn’t oily or greasy. You can put clothing on immediately after applying. It’s also wonderful as a bath oil!

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Kneipp Hand Cream in Spring Awakening

Right now the Kneipp® Lady’s Mock & Shea Butter Hand Cream in Spring Awakening is on sale (40% off!!) online for just $6 (regularly $10) so be sure to stock up!! You can find it right HERE. This is an excellent hand cream. Thick, rich, and super hydrating. It’s a tube of goodness that you will always want at your side, especially if you love to garden and work in the yard in the summer. Spring Awakening is a floral scent with shea butter, almond butter, mayflower and magnolia, sweet and summer perfect.

Kneipp® products aren’t just summer perfect, they are dermatologist tested, vegan, and free of preservatives, paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils. Keep your summer in full swing with beautiful body products from Kneipp® ! – Lisa

Smells so good! Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products


Nubian Heritage Coconut and Papaya body products

Smelling fantastic from head to toe thanks to products that are environmentally responsible, animal-friendly, and free of all the bad stuff like synthetics and sulfates is as easy as taking a quick trip to Whole Foods or the Vitamin Shoppe (or even just surfing the web). Your quick trip will bring you to this amazing line, Nubian Heritage. I was initially intrigued because they have a full line of Coconut & Papaya products and when it comes to coconut…well, I’m kind of easy. Actually, Nubian Heritage has 15 different collections, from Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed to Ivorian Cocoa & Hazelnut. Their body products take care of you from head to toe, but before I tell you about those here’s a little more background on the company.

Nubian Heritage first started in Harlem 25 years ago. Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman were college roommates and they wanted to make products using traditional African recipes with fair trade, organic ingredients. In fact, “they were inspired by the legacy of ancient Nubia, which was once a center of cultural trade – a place where goods, ideas, and customs from across Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East were exchanged and spread across the world. The street vendors brought together global healing practices, cultural wisdom and indigenous ingredients to create modern wellness solutions that were highly sought after.”

The product range available at Nubian Heritage is incredible and I am just blown away at the quality of every product I tested. Everything is wonderful, and the prices are fabulously affordable.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion ($13): Wow, this smells sooo good!! The Body Lotion is a light, creamy lotion packed full of great ingredients:  coconut oil, papaya extract, shea butter, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The papaya extract has papain enzymes, which act as a gentle exfoliator, making skin even smoother and softer. Skin is super hydrated and feels fabulous. The bottle is big and $13 is a great price – a little goes a long way so it’s a nice value, especially for an environmentally conscious company.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Body Wash

Coconut & Papaya Body Wash ($13): The Body Wash smells just as delicious as the Body Lotion and I love showering up with it. It’s a very gentle cleanser but I definitely feel clean afterward, even after a grueling, sweaty workout. Ingredients include lots of hydration for skin, including coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and papaya.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Deodorant

Coconut & Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant ($9):  This is a glycerin/silica/cornstarch based deodorant that stands out for me because it smells so darn good. I am really crazy about this scent! The fact that it also has coconut oil and doesn’t flake or give underarms a white cast is a plus, too.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream

Coconut & Papaya Hand Cream ($10): The Hand Cream is much thicker than the Body Lotion, so thick it takes some effort to squeeze it out of the tube. The scent, again, is to die for…juicy papaya and deep, rich coconut. This is what you want to slather on dry elbows, scaly knees, and frayed cuticles.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hand & Body Scrub

Coconut & Papaya Body Cleansing Smoothie (formerly Hand & Body Scrub – $12): Nubian Heritage recently went through some repackaging and I believe they changed the name of this skin exfoliator. Ingredients include coconut oil, papaya, organic shea butter, and vanilla extract. You can use this on your body in the shower to soften rough areas or for an all-over exfoliation. I like to leave it right by the sink and use it on my hands and cuticles. My hands feel totally incredible afterward.

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs

Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs ($15): These effervescent bath bombs really are the bomb! They are made with coconut oil and papaya extract, so like the other products in this line they subtly exfoliate and create glowy skin while also hydrating like crazy. Why not get that lovely skin treatment while relaxing in warm bath water? Aaahhhh….sounds great to me!!

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap

Coconut & Papaya Bar Soap ($5)  This lovely big bar of soap is just wonderful – it has that great coconut and papaya scent, and the soap is full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It’s exactly what you want next to the sink so you can relax for that one moment when washing your hands, transported to somewhere tropical and fabulous.

Nubian Heritage has literally hundreds of culturally authentic natural products that are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, DEA, silicones, mineral oil, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and artificial color, and never tested on animals.  You can find them online at NubianHeritage.com or at the Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods and other fine retailers.  – Lisa

Softsoap Limited Edition Body Wash giveaway

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Moisturizing Body Wash

My shower has become an oasis in my house. I’ve done a complete turnaround when it comes to using body washes and now welcome them instead of being afraid of them! That means I get to recommend the two new Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Washes that I was sent and have been enjoying myself.

Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Wash

Softsoap came out with these two new fragrances just for summer. As a matter of fact they’ll only be available until September 2017 at Walmart. That means you need to hurry and pick some up.

Softsoap Eternal Bloom Body Wash

Softsoap Eternal Bloom Body Wash

My personal favorite is Eternal Bloom since it’s a Pear and Apple fragrance which I find delicious to experience.

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash

Softsoap Blushing Bouquet Body Wash has what they call a May Blossom fragrance so if you love spring flowers you’re going to go wild with this one.

Both body washes are moisturizing and have lovely suds. You’ll feel revitalized when you emerge from your Softsoap shower, enough that you might not even regret Monday mornings!  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Softsoap was kind enough to offer a giveaway for 3 US Beauty Info Zone subscribers to win both of these Limited Edition Body Washes. The giveaway is open through 6/18 @11:59 p.m. EST. The two requirements we have are to subscribe by email and comment; anything after that gives you more chances to win.

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